From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon accepted the official title of “Freeman Fellow” on Thursday, in honor of his work on behalf of Freeman Health System and the Joplin area in the wake of the May 22, 2011 tornado.
The governor was made the seventh “Freeman Fellow,” the hospital’s highest honor, in ceremonies lead by Paula Baker, Freeman president, and attended by hospital physicians and other staff.
Baker said Nixon’s frequent trips to the hospital and other Joplin sites since the tornado have been a reminder that the state will not forget about Joplin and the challenges ahead.
“You have provided support and resources and — most importantly — hope that our community will rise up once again,” she said.
In accepting the honor, Nixon praised the staff of Freeman for helping people n the Joplin area in the aftermath of the tornado and throughout the system’s tenure in Joplin.